Good morning.  Two things to add from last week's update.  First, I erred in forgetting to mention that Michael Kitto also qualified for the Lakes Region Junior Music Festival.  Congrats, Mike!

Second, I have attached the flyer for the Lakes Region Youth Hockey Association that I was unable to do so last week.

Thank you.

Attachments available for 30 days until Wednesday, April 10, 2019:
laker_tryout ad_FINAL reduced.pdf


posted Mar 18, 2019, 4:14 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Last Thursday saw GMS hosting a 13-team Mathalon Meet.  With great assistance from Lori Hanf, Wanda Carder and Tracy Blandford, as well as members of GMHS math teams, Mr. Bowler ran a very successful meet.  Our math-aletes did very well, too, and still are holding on to first place for our region of the state. This is our own March Madness!

Mark your calendars for our first “Unified Field Day” here at GMS on May 3 from 9:00-1:00.  And to the Special Olympics Summer Games on June 7 at UNH. Students will be playing Corn Hole and various Track and Field Events.  More details as we get closer to the date.

Gilford Youth Softball will be holding their Skills Clinic on March 30, April 6 and 13 from 11:00-1:00 in our gym.   There will also be clinics at the Gilmanton School on March 16 and 23. Registration can be done at the clinics.

With our SRO, Dan O’Neill, leaving back in January, we will be unable hold our annual DARE classes this year.  Our new SRO, Alyssa Raxter, has not had the training to run the classes. We still hope to find a way to get some of those important messages, however, to our 5th Graders this year.

Another save the date event; the PTA Poetry Night will be held on May 21 at 6:30 at the Gilford Public Library.  Please encourage your child to take part by writing a poem of their own!

Thank you and I hope you have a great week!



posted Mar 11, 2019, 4:50 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Notification from: Gilford Middle School

Good afternoon.  What a beautiful day up at the Mountain!  We could not have had a nicer day to hold our annual Winter Carnival.  The skaters, too, enjoyed their time immensely over at Fay Ice Arena. And we discovered some very talented artists with the kids that stayed back at GMS for the day.  Overall a great success and my thanks to the faculty and staff who made this happen. Your kids, by the way, were pretty awesome, too!

Today also saw several of our talented musical performers attending the Lakes Region Junior High Music Festival.  Those qualifying for this prestigious event were: Chorus - Carter Forest, Vincent Marcella, Taylor Dillon, Camryn Marshall, Brenna O’Connor, Christine Pingol, Jesse Powers and Maria Uicker.  Band - Drew DeCarli, Patrick Gandini, Stratford Kenny, Savannah Neuman and Taryn Wernig. Kudos!

Also deserving congratulations is John Blandford who will proceed to the state championship for the National Geographic GeoBee on March 29 down at Keene State College.  The winner will move on to the national championship in Washington, D.C. later in May.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t give kudos to my lovely wife who recently won the State of NH Counselor of the Year Award.  For those of you who don’t know, Mrs. Sawyer is a counselor next door at the high school.

There are a couple of attachments to this week’s email:

  • Policy Development Committee

  • Lakes Region Girls Softball

Next week’s events:

Tuesday - Policy Committee Meeting at GHS (7:30am); Voting Day at GYC

Wednesday - Meadows Committee Meeting at the SAU (6:00)

Thursday - 7th/8th Grade Mathalon at GMS/GHS (3:00-5:00) - We are hosting a meet consisting of 12 teams.

Thank you and have a nice, and warmer, weekend.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, April 07, 2019:
flyer ( not sponsored).docx


posted Feb 22, 2019, 6:48 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  I hope that some of you are going to warmer climates next week.  Me? I’m heading up to Kennebunkport, Maine; I hear the beaches aren’t very crowded this time of year.

Yesterday afternoon, saw our annual Unified Hoops Alumni Game take place here in our gym.  Our own Unified Team joined forces with high school alumni to take on the high school’s Unified Team.  It was great game, great fun, and was also very nice to have a potluck dinner together afterwards. Many thanks to coaches and organizers, Chris Parker, Cheryl Bryan, Laurie Belanger, Terry Wilson, Corey Nazer and Tom Carr for all they work they do to make this a great event. Also thanks to Paul Warnick and put together an all-star Pep Band (including Mr. Donovan playing a mean tambourine) that just added to the exciting atmosphere.  Most of all, thanks to all the students (past and present) who came to play and displayed awesome sportsmanship.

Kudos, also, to our 6th Grade Math Team for winning their last Math Meet versus 9 other teams!  And to our Nordic Ski Team who took the state championship last weekend!! Lastly, to our Girls B Hoop team who won the championship in their last tourney over in Belmont last weekend!!!

A reminder that our Winter Carnival Day is schedule for Friday, March 8.  Either next week or early the following week, I will send reminders about the event, specifically regarding the protocol for having your child stay behind at Gunstock at the end of the school day.

A couple of friendly, but important reminders:  At drop off/pick up each day, please heed the sign that states there are no left turns when leaving the school parking lot.  Making that left hand turn just bogs down the flow of traffic even more. Also, on Monday (2/25) the GMS Office will be closed.

On March 7, there will be a presentation from Dynamic Image on the dangers of vaping.  Our students (as well as students from both the high school and Gilmanton Middle School) will attend the presentation during the school day and there will also be an evening presentation for parents from 6:00-7:30 at the high school.  Please see the attachment for more information.

I have also attached a flyer from the folks at Lakes Region Lacrosse regarding their program and their upcoming “demo” nights.

Part II: As you know, “vaping” has become an issue in the community and communities across the country.  Below I will share with you some facts (from the FDA, CDC, and SmokeFree.gov) about vaping and the use of e-cigarettes that I would encourage you to discuss with your children:

  1. Nicotine use can lead to serious medical problems, including heart disease, blood clots, and stomach ulcers.

    1. True.  Nicotine overdose symptoms can include rapid heart rate, nausea, elevated blood pressure, vomiting diarrhea, dizziness, convulsion, seizure and even death.

  2. The odds of a heart attack is doubled among people who use e-cigarettes.

    1. True.  People who vape or use e-cigarettes every day have twice the risk of heart attack, and the odds increase almost 5 times for those who use them together with traditional cigarettes.

  3. If a substance is safe for use in food, it automatically means it is safe for our body.

    1. False.  E-cigarette manufacturers suggest that if the flavor ingredients are safe to be used in food, then it is safe; but what is safe to eat, does not mean it is safe to inhale via vaping.

  4. Teens are attracted to e-cigarettes’ many flavors.

    1. True.  Almost a third of students vape because of the wide range of flavors and 66% of teens believe there is just flavoring in the e-cigarettes.

And to finish off with a more positive note, I have an updated word count report (as of 8:30 this morning).  The amount our students is reading is pretty impressive. Still leading the way with more than 4 million words read is John Blandford.  Three students (Ryan Guyer, Elizabeth Albert, Addison Guyer) each have more than 2 million words read. And a slew of students have read at least 1 million words so far this year: Maria Tilley, Benson Chen, Declan Voivod, Taylor Dillon, Joseph Schelb, Lily Maynard, Ben Wolpin, Sydney Eastman, Emma McBride, Alyssa McKenna, Jalen Reese, Anna Coapland, Kyle Gandini, Elijah Presby, Elijah Moneysmith, Megan Legro, Rachel Beck, Riley Powers, Dominic Soucy, Rylee Stefan, Abby Kenyon, and Ben Williams.  Kudos!

Thank you and I hope you get to enjoy some quality family time this winter break.  Take care.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 24, 2019:
LR Lacrosse 2019.Demo Night.pdf


posted Feb 15, 2019, 10:32 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Next week is Spirit Week here at GMS.  This event, sponsored by our own Student Council, is geared to include some zany, safe fun (or at least as much as I can bear).  Monday is “Crazy Hair Day,” Tuesday is “Twin, Triplet, Quadruplet...Dress Alike Day,” Wednesday is “Hawaiian Day” where students can wear an Hawaiian shirt or even a Hula Skirt; Leis will be provided by Student Council, Thursday is “Class Color Day” where each class is assigned a color (5th Grade, Red; 6th Grade, White; 7th Grade, Blue; 8th Grade, Black) to wear (t-shirt or sweatshirt but no face-painting), and Friday is “Comfy Day” where students can wear their PJ bottoms.  Yes, I will survive the week….

This year we are hosting the annual GMHS Unified Hoops Alumni game.  This will take place on Thursday at 3:00. There is a Pot Luck Dinner after the game so if you are willing to help out with either the food, set-up or clean-up, please let our own Cheryl Bryan know as soon as possible.

Barring any more snow days, we will be moving the end of our 2nd Trimester to Tuesday, March 19 with report cards going out the following Monday.

Last weekend out Math Team took 3rd Place in the Regional Competition of MathCounts up at PSU.  This means that our team comprising of Taryn Wernig, Murphy Harris, Samantha Dahl and Ben Suranyi will be moving on to the state competition on March 9th.  Also moving on, as individuals because of their scores, will be Samantha Dahl, Ben Suranyi, Jesse Powers and John Blandford. And our team is still in first place in the Lakes Region League. Congrats team members and Coach Bowler!

Along with the elementary school, the middle school is working towards implementing the program, “Choose Love.”  This program, born out of the Parkland School shooting tragedy, is a social and emotional learning program that teaches educators and their students how to choose love in any circumstance and helps them become connected, resilient, and empowered individuals; at no cost. These skills, tools and attitudes have been proven through decades of scientific research to be the best way to ensure a healthy, meaningful and purpose-filled life.  Next week, we will highlight of the “how to choose love everyday” (see attachment) with the students to celebrate Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Month.

As you know, “vaping” has become an issue in the community and communities across the country.  Below I will share with you some facts (from the FDA, CDC, and SmokeFree.gov) about vaping and the use of e-cigarettes that I would encourage you to discuss with your children:

  1. Vaping devices are risk-free and contain no nicotine.

    1. False. Vaping liquid or e-juice is full of harmful substances and 99% of e-cigarettes contain nicotine.

  2. Nicotine is not as addictive as other harmful drugs.

    1. False.  Not is it more addictive to "popular" drugs, it is even more addictive to the immature teen brain thus putting the teen at greater risk because the brain is still growing.

  3. Nicotine primes the brain for other drug addictions.

    1. True.  Nicotine in “vapes” or e-cigarettes serve as a “gateway drug.”

  4. Teen e-cig users are more likely to start smoking.

    1. True.  Nearly 31% of those who vape are likely to start smoking while 8% who don’t vape will start smoking.

  5. All e-cigarettes have the same amount of nicotine.

    1. False. Juul has one of the highest nicotine content (59mg/ml) in the market; or 1 Juul pod is equal to one pack of cigarettes (25).

I will share more data on the dangers of vaping next week.  I am also emailing our students this information.

Events next week:

Monday - Nordic Ski Meet at Sandwich (10:00); Unified Hoops Tournament (3:00)

Tuesday - Public Hearing on School Warrant Articles at the GHS auditorium (6:00)

Thursday - Unified Hoops Alumni Game (3:00)

Take care.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 17, 2019:


posted Feb 8, 2019, 11:23 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Not sure what to do this weekend with no football; good news, is that your kids don’t have to be worried about being bored with the 5th/6th grade social today after school and the 7th/8th grade dance tonight at 7:00.  Both are Valentine Day themed.

On March 9, help support Unified Club (both here and at the high school) as they support Special Olympics of NH during the annual “Cool School Dip” at the Margate Resort in Laconia.  Donate your time, or your money, or take a jump in the lake! Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Other attachments to this email include the most recent newsletter from our Parks and Rec program and the agenda for Tuesday morning’s Policy Committee Meeting at the high school.

We are hosting a Unified Basketball Tournament this Tuesday (3:00). Area schools will be joining us for a friendly competition and good food!  If you want to know how you can help, please contact either our own Chris Parker of the high school’s Laurie Belanger.

An update on our voracious readers here at GMS:  As of today they have read 2,801 books! Our goal of 5,000 by the end of the year is well within reach!!  How do we keep track of the books, you may ask? In order for a student to successfully log in a book that has been read they must take an AR test (short for “Accelerated Reader).  This tests their comprehension on the book that they have just read. It does not count as a book read if they do not pass the test (they may take the test more than once). The following students have read at least a million words (with the number of books and approximate words, in millions, in parentheses):  John Blandford (49/3.6), Ryan Guyer (52/2.5), Liz Albert (52/2.3), Joseph Schelb (12/1.5), Benson Chen (40/1.4), Lily Maynard (13/1.4), Sydney Eastman (13/1.3), Jaleen Reese (10/1.2), Ben Wolpin (28/1.2), Kyle Gandini (22/1.2), Elijah Presby (10/1.1), Anna Coapland (22/1.1), Megan Legro (24/1.1), Rylee Stefan (10/1.0), Emma McBride (14/1.0), and Ben Williams (14/1.0).

Upcoming Events:

Tomorrow - Nordic Ski Meet at NHNCA (10:30); Math Counts Competition at Plymouth; A Boys/Girls Hoops Tourney at Winnisquam

Monday - Unified Hoops at Alton (3:30)

Tuesday - GSD Policy Committee mtg (7:30); Nordic Ski Meet at Moultonborough (3:00); Unified Hoops Tourney (3:00)

Wednesday - Early Release (2:20); Meadow Committee mtg at SAU (6:00)

Thursday - Alpine Ski Meet at Attitash (9:30); B Boys Hoops Tourney

Friday - B Boys Hoops Tourney

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 10, 2019:
P&R News Feb. '19.docx


posted Feb 1, 2019, 4:26 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  It’s official! Well, as official as it can be with New England weather; our annual Winter Carnival event will take place on Friday, March 8 (it’s still officially winter!).  It hasn’t been easy coordinating dates that work best for us, Gunstock and Fay Ice Arena but my administrative assistant, Natalie Wyatt, managed to pull it off! Just a couple of years ago, we went after the February Break and the weather and skiing conditions were perfect; fingers crossed for the same this year.  I know that this date (and the previous two dates this year) do not work for everyone; we tried. If your child is unable to attend, we will absolutely refund your money; just let me know, please.

Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted into the Northern District Band Festival which will take place later this Spring.  Those accepted were Savannah Neuman (Tenor Sax), Drew DeCarli (Baritone Sax), Stratford Kenny (Trumpet), Jesse Powers (Percussion-Mallet/Auxiliary) and Riley Powers (Percussion-Mallet/Auxiliary).

Next Friday we’ll have our 7th & 8th Grade Valentine’s Dance from 7:00-8:30 in our cafeteria featuring Mr. Warnick as our DJ.  After school next Friday (until 4:00), our Volunteer Steering Committee (VSC) sponsoring a 5th & 6th Grade Valentine’s Social. They’ll be cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting and card making with Mr. Witham, “rocking” out with Mr. Warnick, theatre karaoke with Mr. Demko and floor hockey and other sports with Mr. Donovan and Mr. Neveln.  And we could use some more volunteers to help out so if you’re interested (and “district volunteer certified”) please let me know and I will forward your generosity with the VSC.

The following students are taking part in the National History Day project with Mr. Meyers: John Blandford, Patrick Gandini, Landon Lewis, Maria Uicker, Sydney Irons, Allison Kenyon, Savannah Neuman, and Christine Pingol.  This project engages students and teachers from across the country in historical research and skills development. Here at Gilford, these students and Mr. Meyers use their own time (lunches, after school, etc) to prepare themselves for the competition later this Spring up at Plymouth State University.

Students in study halls were faced with a STEM Challenge by Mrs. Baron in the library this past week.  Students competed to build the highest, freestanding tower using just 15 pipe cleaners. They also were challenged with the task to build a structure with pipe cleaners that could support a plastic cup holding 50 pennies (at least 3 inches off the table).  The actual challenge wasn’t so much to complete the best structure but to adapt to the many “curve balls” that Mrs. Baron threw their way. At one point they had to stop and deal with “budget cuts” so they had fewer resources and actually had to use just one hand.  In another situation their company was relocated to another country and they did not know the language so they had to communicate non-verbally. The challenges were more about teamwork and being flexible to last minute changes which made it more interesting for students.

Today is the “World Read Aloud Day.”  Students in the 7th and 8th grade Language Arts classes will celebrate the event by gathering in the library to enjoy read alouds from guest readers from such “dignitaries” as myself, Mr. Beitler and Mrs. Bolduc.  Readers will discuss the passage and why they chose the excerpt/passage to share.

There are a few attachments to this email that I’d like to share:

  • One regarding the upcoming Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby

  • The 2019 Lakes Region Elite Basketball League

  • Registration to become a member of the Parents of Performing Students (POPS) to support the performing arts here in Gilford. There is a meeting of the group on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:00 in the GHS Choir Room

  • A flyer from the Lakes Region Lacrosse Club Board

  • Lastly, a notice about an upcoming fundraiser to support a group of high school students and science teachers taking an educational trip to the Grand Canyon.

Upcoming Events:

Tonight = GMS Theatre Production of “Anything Goes” at GHS (7:00pm)

Tomorrow = “Anything Goes” (2:00pm & 7:00pm)

Monday = School Board Meeting at GES (6:00); Unified Hoops at Spaulding Youth Center (3:30); Girls/Boys A Hoops (3:30/4:45)

Tuesday = Deliberative Session on Town budget at GHS (7:00); Nordic Ski Meet at Proctor Academy (3:00); Boys B/A Hoops at Newfound (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45)

Thursday = 8th Grade NAEP Testing; Deliberative Session on School District budget at GHS (7:00); Alpine Ski Meet (9:30); Boys A/B Hoops (3:30/4:45); Girls A/B Hoops at Winnisquam (3:30/4:45)

Take care and let’s go Pats!!!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 03, 2019:
Lets go fishing prgram.doc
LRE 2019 League Flyer.docx
Spag Dinner.docx
LR Lacrosse Flyer.pdf
POPS Membership Form.JPG


posted Jan 31, 2019, 11:19 AM by Suzanne Bowen

It may be too cold to play outside on Thursday but it will be nice and warm in the high school auditorium!  Opening night for our production of "Anything Goes Jr." will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights as well as at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon.  Mr. Demko and Mr. Witham have been working hard in preparing our students for this wonderful show.  Hope to see you there!

Also, please find attached information on how you can both support the arts and make a thespian's or techie's day by taking part in the POPS' "Company Kisses" fundraiser.


Attachments available for 30 days until Wednesday, February 27, 2019:


posted Jan 22, 2019, 6:22 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that you are all staying warm this very cold day but are still glowing from last night’s exciting Patriots win!  Short week coming up so will make this update a 2-for-1 and cover for next week, as well.

The weather does not look good (rain) for our Winter Carnival on Thursday.  I will make the call as to whether (no pun intended) to postpone the event to next week before school lets out tomorrow.  Stay tuned. At the end of this email are important details regarding the event.

I was lucky enough this past week to be the moderator for both the Spelling Bee and National Geographic Geography Bee.  Winners from each grade level competed to see who would represent the school in the state competition. Participants in the GeoBee were:

  • Grade 5

    • Henry Sleeper

    • Taryn Limanni

    • Madison Clayton

  • Grade 6

    • Carter Laliberte

    • Kyle Gandini (Overall GMS 2nd Place)

    • Cameron Drouin (Overall GMS 3rd Place)

  • Grade 7

    • Abby Seal

    • Ben Williams

    • Lydia Stefan

  • Grade 8

    • Jalen Reese

    • John Blandford (Overall GMS Champion)

    • Aidan Miller

Participants in the Spelling Bee were:

  • Grade 5

    • Rylan Paradis

    • Elijah Moneysmith

    • Dominic Soucy

    • Sydnie Quimby

    • Drew Smith

  • Grade 6

    • Kendall Myers (Overall GMS 2nd Place)

    • Kaegan Sanville

    • Ben Wolpin (Overall GMS Champion)

  • Grade 7

    • Isaiah Reese

    • Ben Suranyi (Overall GMS 3rd Place)

    • Ellie Nichols

    • Kaden Fawkes

  • Grade 8

    • Brenna O’Connor

    • Jalen Reese

    • Hailey Johnson

    • Maddy Hazelton

For 8th Grade Parents/Students: Students and their parents are no longer required to input the GHS Freshman course selections themselves. The "green sheets" for selecting classes for next year will be coming home with students on Wednesday. Please have them returned by Friday, February 1. I have attached to this email, information and registration for the 2019 Gilford Cal Ripken Baseball season.

To order this year’s GMS Yearbook, please follow this link to the Josten’s website.

Kudos to our 7th grade students who were recently acknowledged for taking part in “Operation Gratitude” where we (and many, many other schools across the nation) donated candy as part of the care packages sent to the thousands of brave men and women serving for our country from around the world.  Since 2003, this organization has sent more than 2 million packages and we are proud to be a part of that!

Upcoming Events:

-Wednesday (1/23) = Unified Hoops @ Merrimack Valley (3:00)

-Thursday (1/24) = Winter Carnival; No Homework Group

-Friday (1/25) = No School (Teacher Workshop Day); Boys B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops @ Belmont (3:30/4:45)

-Saturday (1/26) = Nordic Ski Meet (10:30) - location TBD

-Tuesday (1/29) = Volunteer Clinic/Orientation @ SAU (8:00am-9:00am); Unified Hoops @ Belmont (3:00); Girls/Boys A Hoops (3:30/4:45); Girls/Boys B Hoops @ Moultonboro (4:00/5:15)

-Wednesday (1/30) = Early Release (12:20); Nordic Ski Meet (2:30); National History Day Field Trip to State House

-Thursday (1/31) = Winter Carnival Rain Date; Alpine Ski Meet @ King Pine (9:30); Girls/Boys A Hoops @ Gilmanton (4:00/5:15); GMS Theatre Production of “Anything Goes” (7:00pm)

-Friday (2/1) = Boys B/A Hoops @ Belmont (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45); GMS Theatre Production of “Anything Goes” (7:00pm)

-Saturday (2/2) = GMS Theatre Production of “Anything Goes” (2:00pm & 7:00pm)

Important Winter Carnival Information:

  • January 24 with a Rain Date of January 31

  • Equipment cannot travel with students on the bus; it must be dropped off by parents at GMS.  Drop off time is either Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 in the cafeteria or on Thursday from 6:45-8:00 in trucks parked in visitor parking.

  • Please connect and label all equipment with your child’s name and grade level.

  • All students must travel to Gunstock/Fay Ice Arena by bus with the school.

  • Student sign out from Gunstock will take place from 11:00-1:00 on the first floor of the main lodge.  We will be loading buses shortly after that time. Parents must sign out students in person at Gunstock in order for students to remain at the mountain.  Students must be present for sign out; otherwise they will return to school by bus. If you wish to have a designee sign out your child, that information must be provided, in writing, to the GMS front office by the end of the day on Wednesday.

  • We recommend student bring their own food and drink for the day; ski resort prices are high.

  • Equipment should be picked up after school on Thursday.  Any equipment not picked up will be housed in the main office and will be accessible until 3:15 any day.

  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Attachments available for 30 days until Wednesday, February 20, 2019:
CR 2019 Reigistration.....pdf
Welcome Letter GCRB.pdf

Take care and as I do each year, I will end this email with a quote from Dr. King:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”



posted Jan 14, 2019, 4:09 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  Pretty good. We’re at 95% Winter Carnival permission slips returned; only missing 15.  I’d really like to get 100% so I will take them Monday morning; I really need to let Gunstock know on Monday of our numbers.

Towards the end of these email is a letter from our 3 nurses here in the school district regarding the flu season; unfortunately, we do have confirmed cases.  I have also attached a .pdf from the CDC regarding tips on how to get through the flu season safely.

Also. attached to this email is a flyer for the upcoming Lakes Region Girls Softball Winter Clinics.

In Mr. Neveln’s 5th Grade Guidance class, students are undertaking a respect and tolerance project.  They are to choose a topic (autism, Asperger’s, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, deployed military families, ADHD, etc.) that they feel would benefit the students at GMS to know more about.  The hope is that the more people know, the more understanding people are of and to others.

Dear Parents of Gilford School District,

I hope this letter finds you well and you are enjoying some winter activities.  As of this week we do have confirmed cases of the Flu and are following recommendations regarding the treatment and recovery of Influenza. Just like with any other illness, we ask that parents uphold our school policies and keep children home when they have fevers over 100 degrees, have contagious symptoms of active coughs, vomiting, or diarrhea. It is extremely important that Influenza like illness symptoms like fever, body aches, nasal congestion, sore throat, fatigue, and cough be reported to the school nurses.  Children can return to school when they are fever free for 24 hours or more without the use of fever-reducing medications, and their symptoms have subsided. If you are unsure of whether to keep your child home or need medical advice, please contact them directly. Please see Flu information in the attachment below.

Also, please continue to help us educate your child on transmission prevention by role modeling and encouraging good hand-washing techniques and by coughing in your sleeve.  Our custodial staff is alerted and actively involved in our efforts to reduce transmission of illnesses. Please make sure the school office has your correct phone numbers on file, and additional emergency contacts are up to date.  


Jennifer Johansson (GES), Beth Haddock (GMS), Meg Jenkins (GHS)

Next Week’s Events:

Tuesday = Nordic Ski Meet @ White Mountains (2:30); Boys B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops @ Alton (3:30/4:45)

Wednesday = Boys/Girls A Hoops @ Franklin (3:30/4:45); Unified Hoops (3:30); Winter Sports Photos immediately after school

Thursday = Alpine Ski Meet (9:30); Girls/Boys B Hoops (3:30/4:45); 8th Grade Parent Night @ GHS (6:30)

Friday = Boys A/B Hoops @ Interlakes (4:00/5:15); Girls A/B Hoops (4:00/5:15)

Have a nice weekend and stay warm!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, February 10, 2019:
Flu advice 2019.pdf
Copy of LRGS Winter Warm UP_Evaluations (UPDATED 2019) - Google Docs.pdf

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posted Jan 7, 2019, 4:18 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon and Happy New Year!  An abbreviated update this week; kind of like our school week!

Please be sure that your child returns their Winter Carnival permission slips (and money) to their homeroom teacher by next Thursday.  If not, they will be stuck at GMS on that day.

Congratulations to our readers!  We added an additional 444 books read in December to bring out total to 2533!  We’re more than halfway to our goal of 5000 this year. In case you were wondering, that translates to 94,612,871 words.  We should have a record number of million word readers this year!

Events next week:

Monday = Unified Hoops (3:00); School Board Meeting (6:00) agenda is attached

Tuesday = Nordic Ski Meet @ Proctor Academy (3:00); Boys B/A Hoops @ Belmont (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45); School District Policy Meeting @ GES (7:00am) agenda is at the end of this email

Wednesday = Early Release (12:20); Meadows Committee Meeting @SAU (6:00)

Thursday = Alpine Ski Meet (9:30); Public Hearing on Town and School Budgets @ GHS (7:00)

Friday = Boys B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops @ Newfound (3:30/4:45)

Policy Meeting Agenda:

BEDG - Minutes

BEDH - Public Participation at Board Meetings

BEDB - Agenda Preparation and Dissemination

BEDA - Public Notification of School Board Meetings

EBC - Crisis Prevention and Response

EBCA - Emergency Plans

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